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Photographing Jumping Blackbucks – Ethics

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Oct 21 2013

      My last post on The Leaping Blackbucks of Tal Chapar posed a dilemma for me. As beautiful as running/jumping Blackbuck images look, there is always the worrisome aspect of provoking and chasing the animals to get the photograph.   Why is this worrisome? Blackbucks are animals of the grassland. Most of the places that they are found in receive very little rain (with total annual rainfall not exceeding a couple of days of rain in our metros). And, as we all know very well, running and jumping is really tiresome. With scarce food and water, the very survival of […]

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Sykes’s Lark

Aug 09 2012

Sykes’s Lark (Galerida deva) Found in dry open country, this bird is identified from other crested larks by small size, prominent crest, pale rufous underparts, stout bill and less extensive streaking on the breast. It is found in Central and South India. I’ve observed adults feeding a fledgling very close to Bangalore, indicating that the bird breeds as far south as Bangalore (if not further South). This bird was photographed near Greater Rann of Kutch on December 31, 2011.

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Brahminy Kite – Juvenile

Aug 05 2012

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) The Brahminy Kite (also known as Red-backed Sea-Eagle) is found along water bodies and coasts of peninsular India, South-east Asia and Australia. A medium-sized raptor, this bird is distinguished by its characteristic chestnut-brown plumage contrasted by white head and breast. The juvenile can be confused with a Black Kite due to very similar size and coloration. Two distinguishing characteristics – rounded tail (lack of forked tail) and a large white patch on the underwing – help differentiate in the field. This bird was photographed in Hesaraghatta, Bangalore on Feb 06, 2010.

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Black Kite

Aug 05 2012

Black Kite (Milvus migrans) The Black Kite is a very common raptor in India, often found around human habitation. They are easily distinguished by their forked tail and characteristic call. They tend to flock together and are often seen gliding and soaring on thermals. Larger raptors are often chased away by groups of Black Kites mobbing them. Two subspecies – M.m.govinda and M.m.lineatus (sometimes treated as a separate species – Black-eared Kite) – are seen in India. Photographed in Hesaraghatta, Bangalore on Feb 06, 2010.

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